The Witch of Blackbird Pond Characters

Characters

Sir Edmond Andros
Andros is the new royal governor. He seems professional and has great self-possession, maintaining calm and focus even after the lights go out and the colony’s charter vanishes.

Jonathan Ashby
William’s little brother, Jonathan is one of the students in Mercy and Kit’s class. He is a serious child.

Mistress Ashby
William Ashby’s mother, Mistress Ashby is shown as one of the colonists who has no trouble wearing expensive English fabric or enjoying luxury.

William Ashby
William Ashby is a young man from Wethersfield who becomes smitten with Kit on their first meeting and soon asks for permission to court her. William visits the Wood family home regularly but really has little to say to Kit. He does speak up, though, when Matthew Wood talks politics. Early on, William voices the pragmatic position—that the colony cannot fight the British government because the king is too powerful—but he eventually comes around to Matthew’s position. He is part of the group that steals and hides the colony’s charter to keep it safe from the royal governor (a bold act). Once Kit turns him away as a suitor, William returns to the original object of his desire, Judith Wood, and the two get married.

Reverend Gershom Bulkeley
Reverend Bulkeley is a renowned scholar of both medicine and theology. He is sufficiently well-known for his sermons that John Holbrook moves to Wethersfield to study with him. Politically, Bulkeley is a loyalist, and as a reward for his loyalty, he is to be appointed justice of the peace by the royal governor. Despite his political differences with Matthew Wood, he saves Mercy’s life with his medical treatment and insists on Kit’s fair treatment at her trial for witchcraft.

Timothy Cook
A little boy in Mercy and Kit’s class.

Goodman Cruff
Goodman Cruff is no more than a silent, wincing presence through most of the novel, so browbeaten is he by his wife. However, when Prudence demonstrates that she can read and write at Kit’s trial, he asserts himself, showing support for justice and affection for his daughter.

Goodwife Cruff
A sour, bitter woman, Goodwife Cruff dominates her henpecked husband and is cruel to her children. She decides her daughter Prudence is too stupid to learn to read and write, and she seems to take an immediate dislike to Kit. Goodwife Cruff is the driving force behind the accusations of witchcraft against Kit.

Prudence Cruff
Prudence Cruff catches Kit’s attention when the little girl drops her toy in the Connecticut River on her way to board the Dolphin. When Kit jumps in the river to save Prudence’s toy, she binds their fates together. Prudence later follows Kit to the “dame school,” where the younger children of the community learn to read and write. Kit secretly teaches Prudence. It is Prudence’s name written on Kit’s hornbook that provides the strongest evidence that Kit is a witch, and it is ultimately Prudence’s testimony that forces the community to dismiss the charges of witchcraft.

Captain Eaton
Captain of the Dolphin, Captain Eaton can be gruff but insists on doing his duty … and sometimes even more than his duty, as demonstrated by his insistence on having his son and sailors carry Kit’s luggage to the Woods’ home. That Captain Eaton is an ethical man is demonstrated by his refusal to carry slaves as cargo, which would make him much more money than his current cargo.

Nathanial “Nat” Eaton
Nat Eaton is the son of Captain Eaton, whose ship Kit takes from the West Indies to Connecticut. Nat is a trickster, fond of teasing Kit and others who catch his attention, but he is also giving and helpful. He often brings Hannah Tupper packages from abroad and helps maintain her home by doing chores she cannot, such as chopping wood and thatching the roof. Nat is a free spirit who risks a whipping by returning to help Kit when...

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Themes and Characters

The granddaughter of Sir Francis Tyler, sixteen-year-old Katherine (Kit) Tyler is the novel's protagonist. Her encounter with Hannah Tupper,...

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Ed. Scott Locklear